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Surat to bridge divide between traditional & smart textiles
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Dec '10
The biggest textile hub in India; Surat is expected to undergo a generational change in the textile products it has been churning out since decades. For the first time, the entrepreneurs of the city are planning a foray in to a new generation of smart textiles.

Gandhinagar-based Institute of Plasma Research (IPR) and the Surat based Man-Made Textile Research Association (MANTRA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to take up various projects in technical textiles, with the help of plasma technology.

The area of cooperation will be mainly in coated fabrics, with applications in medical textiles, intelligent textiles, space and defense, with an endeavour to make fabrics; flame retardant, UV resistant, anti-microbial and water proof through plasma coating technology.

The projects to be undertaken include; silver coating for the production of pure silver jari, creating self-cleaning properties as well as giving a dull finish to polyester, plasma pyrolysis for disposal of textile waste material and many other applications.

Giving details about the cooperation to fibre2fashion, Mr Arunchandra Jariwala, President of MANTRA said, “Surat industry needs some change in manufacturing pattern, with a view to raise the standard and quality of fabric which are being manufactured.

“So the first thing is finishing of fabric. There are many processes which are being carried out at present in the industry. Such conventional processes consume plenty of water and electricity right from commencement. More ever dyes and chemicals used as surfactants are not environmental friendly.

“But with the advent of plasma technology in combination with nano technology the story goes different. For fabrics processed with plasma-nano combination for anti microbial or fire resistance or such features, are far better than, conventional methods.

“In Plasma+Nano method using eco friendly fixing chemicals, the surface of fabric is processed. This technology helps the desired feature get deeply fixed into the core of fabric as the chemical is in a nano form. Hence, the idea behind joining hands with IPR, as they have patented many methods on plasma technology”, he added by saying.

He further informed that, they were looking for funding from other sources as these are very financially intensive projects and looking upon the likes of Office of the Textile Commissioner or the Department of Science and Technology or any other agency for the same.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

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